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Royal Artillery   32 Books
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264 (7th London) Field Regiment Royal Artillery (T.A.) A Short History. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., [32]pp, 4 plates. Royal Artillery Institution. 1948  #56422
[HLMainPic] Inc. WW1 Western Front & Egypt/Palestine; WW2 North Africa & Italy. Roll of Hon. & awards for both wars. VG ex-IWM. See illustration on our website.   £45
A Short History of the Units administered by the Kent Territorial & Auxiliary Forces Association. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wraps., 88pp. (inc. adverts), several photos. Published & Produced by Reid-Hamilton Publishers. nd (c.1950).  #56424
[HLMainPic] The "Official Handbook" to the Territorial & Auxiliary Forces of the County of kent, c.1950, inc. details of various local Artillery, Engineer, RAMC, REME &c. units. VG ex-IWM. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
Artillery Training Volume I Drill. 1932. Orig. blue canvas wraps., xii+393pp., fldg. diagram, sketches. HMSO. 1932  #35359
Includes Drill Movements, Transport of Artillery, Skill at Arms &c. VG.   £20
Lewisham Gunners: A Centenary History of 291st (4th London) Field Regt. R.A. (T.A.) formerly 2nd Kent R.G.A. (Volunteers). 1st Ed., 74pp., 20 photos. The Regt. 1962  #57580
[HLMainPic] 4th London (How.) Bde., Western Front in WW1; 91st & 139th Fd. Regts. RA in WW2, both in France 1940 then 91st in Middle East & 139th in Burma (7th Ind. Div.). Roll of Hon. for WW1 & WW2. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Lieut. Henry Ward. 210 Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Commission to be 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery (Special Reserve), 3rd March 1917.  #58257
Later promoted to Acting Captain & Adjt., 1/10/1917 & stepped up to W.S. Lieut, 3/9/1918. Copy of MIC provided shows entered theatre of war (France & Flanders) 26/9/1917 & served with 210 Bde. RFA. VG. See illustration on our website.   £40
Secret. GHQ ME Survey Discussion, Cairo, 18-19 May 1943. Directors: MGRA, DMT, DD Survey. Rare original report, 26pp., foolscap, dup. typescript stapled into card wraps. with title to front. MT1, GHQ, MEF. Contemp.  #53505
[HLMainPic] Report of a conference on Survey held at Cairo including: The Organisation & Working of a Recce Wing, Western Desert Air Force Alamein to Tunis (Notes from a lecture by Maj. R.E. Ferens, GII [Air] Eighth Army); The Deployment of RA & RE Survey Units (Notes from a lecture given by Lt.-Col. J.T. Whetton, OC 4 Survey Regt. RA); Information from Air Photographs (Notes from a lecture by Capt. R.R. Dalton, OC, AAPIU [Western Desert Det.] - "It has been conclusively proved that air photos. can supply so much information not avilable from other sources that the establishment of the AAPIU Eight Army has been increased from 3 officer interpreters to 11 offrs & a number of draughtsmen & clerks. In the near future the establishment will be doubled. Air photos are required at all stages of a campaign - from planning to assault, & the subsequent exploitation. The best results have been obtained from decentralisation" &c.). Further sections detail the use & dissemination of information from air photos., preparation of defence overprint maps, map distribution in 8th Army. No indication of number of copies printed/distributed, but stated SECRET & evidently for the use of the small number of officers engaged in this work so doubtless a rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £225
ASSHER (Ben) [Pseud. of BORADAILE (Major Colin, MC, RGA)] A Nomad Under Arms: The Chronicle of an Artilleryman from 1914 to the Armistice. 1st Ed., 368pp., frontis. & 10 plates, 7 maps (4 fldg.). Witherby. 1931  #57542
[HLMainPic] A young regular, the author was posted, in November 1914, to a 4.7-inch how. battery near Kemmel Hill; remained with them in this area until posted as a captain to a New Army 60-pdr. battery on the Somme front in Jan. 1916. Wounded by a shell in Feb. 1917 he was then at home until July, returning to the front in time for Passchendaele & commanded a battery through most of 1918. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, head of sp. sl. chipped o/w VG & scarce account with good maps & interesting photos. taken by the author. See illustration on our website.   £125
BIDWELL (Brig. Shelford) & GRAHAM (Dominick) Fire-Power: British Army Weapons & Theories of War 1904-1945. 1st Ed., xvi+327pp., 20 photos., 13 diagrams. VG in dw. A&U. 1982  #56347
[HLMainPic] Valuable & acclaimed survey of the fire-tactics of WW1 & WW2 by two distinguished gunner-historians. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
BLAKER (Richard) Medal Without Bar. 1st Ed., 638pp. VG in sl. chipped dw. H&S. 1930  #57602
[HLMainPic] Fine novel, recently becoming acclaimed although not well known, based on the author's experiences with a 4.5-inch How. battery in F&F, a realistic vision of life & work in the battery, emphasising comradeship & sacrifice. Falls awards a star & notes "one of the longest & most detailed of war novels... gives perhaps the finest picture yet painted of life in a field-artillery battery. He is sentimental in that shame-faced British manner which is really more sentimental than Latin emotionalism, but his portraits are by no means necessarily false for that. His attitude to the war itself is sane & just. This is one of the books which could not possibly have been written save upon the foundation of experience." Lengthy inscrip. on front paste-down o/w VG in sl. chipped dw & uncommon thus. See illustration on our website.   £125
BOMBARDIER "X" So This Was War! The Truth About the Western & Eastern Fronts Revealed. 1st Ed., 224pp., 16 photos. Hutchinson. nd.  #57577
[HLMainPic] Gunner's letters from the Western Front & Salonika: the anonymous author apparently enlisted aged 16 early in the war, & in a Preface Shaw Desmond (pseud. of Charles Nathaniel Lowe Shaw: writer, & Founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research) explains that "He tells not only of howling 'H.E,' or of whining bullet, of suffocating gas, but also of those other horrors, none the less grisly, that lie in wait to trip the flying feet of eager, high-spirited youth. Of pleasant vice that hides disease. Of the dysentry that tears at the bowels of a man... The trench songs, the flash of the cards & the flash of eyes, & of steel, in the estaminets... The monstrous, over-fed rats, lolloping from corpse to corpse..." - Falls would no doubt have had much to say about these themes & about some of the author's stories, such as a quarrel between a Scottish corporal & a coloured soldier that he witnessed in Amiens: "The Scotsman had, apparently, passed some nasty remark which the West Indian resented. High words were followed by a wicked tussle. Steel glistened in the murkey light of spluttering candles, &, as the big black man dropped, twisting to the floor, a nasty, curved knife fell from his twitching hand. The Corporal was arrested & led away, blood dripping from his naked bayonet." Orig. cloth, titled in black, nice clean copy, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65

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